While the book is worth owning just for this 322-page interview, it is also full of other material that is equally revealing. Rosenbaum presents a meticulous chronology of Welles's life, closely following his day-to-day activities from his birth in 1915 to his death in 1985. Anyone who thinks that Welles was an essentially lazy and profligate artist will be astonished at how hard he worked and how much he accomplished, even after the completion of Citizen Kane. Another treat found in the book is a detailed description--complete with rare photographic stills--of the original Magnificent Ambersons, Welles's impressive follow-up to Kane, which can now be seen only in a tragically truncated version.
This 1998 reissue of the volume contains a fond new introduction by Bogdanovich and another crucial piece of Welles minutia, excerpts from his 58-page memo to Universal Pictures about the editing of Touch of Evil. Forty years after its composition, the material in this memo has been used to create a restored "director's cut" of the film. With such grand material between two covers, This Is Orson Welles is the most informative and entertaining book available on one of the 20th century's greatest artists. --Raphael Shargel
Excellent insights even tho Orson likes to duck and weave a bit about his history. It was enjoyable rather than profound.Published 6 months ago by Andrew Turner
Totally fascinating brilliantly edited and spoken
By the great man who gets greater as you read. One of a kind.
2nd time i buy this book, the first time i left it in the plane. best book on film I've ever read, fun as heck tooPublished 19 months ago by Carlos Salas-Porras
I haven't read this yes but have listened to the audio tapes of the interviews Peter Bogdonovich conducted with Welles over many years. I look forward to reading this book!Published 20 months ago by na
You can't beat hearing the old masters talk about his life in his own words and voice, with laughter in between his always-fascinating anecdotes!Published 21 months ago by Mr.Alarm
This book compiled by Peter Bogdanovich from interviews he had with Orson Welles is a true gem and a delight to read. Read morePublished 22 months ago by M. Consumer
I've just started going down the Welles "rabbit hole". I was very eager to receive this book, but was very disappointed in the quality of the printing. Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Jed Leland
Peter Bogdanovich interviewed Orson Welles on numerous occasions over the period from 1969-1972, recording the interviews on reel-to-reel tape and intending them for a book... Read morePublished on September 24, 2009 by Muzzlehatch